Brunching at The Brasserie
When I’m looking for a restaurant that “has it all,” I often turn to Brasserie in the Central West End, that evokes the charm of a vintage Parisian café. Tables come clad with ample-sized cloth napkins, and a centerpiece of small, live flowers.
On a recent Sunday morning, I brunched at Brasserie with family and was surprised to see the restaurant had live music. Yes, live, pleasant, guitar music in the morning! What a treat!
Bliss on a Plate
On a pleasant day, treat yourself to a seat on the spacious street side patio and a passing view of Central West End fashionistas. Dine on such French delicacies as pomme frites, gougères, profiteroles, and beignets.
What’s the Diff?
If you get confused about the difference between a beignet, profiterole, and gougère, here’s a cheat sheet to jog your memory.
Gougère: a baked puff of choux pastry flavored with cheese, usually Gruyere and sometimes stuffed with a savory filling. The delicate cheesy puffs literally fly off the plate. Or, as they say of the little appetizer, “Once you pop, you can’t stop.”
Profiterole: a.k.a., cream puffs, are filled with whipped cream, custard, or ice cream. Savory versions are made with meats and cheeses. At Brasserie the simple, but stunning dish, also comes with a side pitcher of chocolate syrup.
Feast of French Goodness
While Brasserie is far larger than it’s French counterparts, it still maintains the quaintness of a Parisian café as it serves up haute cuisine along side rustic fare.
Brasserie by Niche. 4580 Laclede Avenue, Central West End. Open: Dinner, Mon-Sat 5p-10p; Brunch: Sun 10a-2p and Dinner 5p-9p. Chef/owner Gerald Craft. (Includes Bowood, Pasteria, Cinder House, Fordo’s Killer Pizza at City Foundry.)